A NEGLECTED listed building looks set to be brought back to life as part of a multi-million-pound regeneration project.

The former grade II-listed Engine Works in Shrub Hill Road in Worcester would be transformed into “landmark” office and creative workshop space as part of a £20 million council bid to the government.

The 7,000 square metre building, which is more than 150 years old, is said to be in a “very poor state of repair” and the roof, which often leaks, would be replaced.

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A report, which will be discussed by the council’s policy and resources committee next week, said; “The unique asset provides the opportunity to create a landmark employment and destination building at the centre of the wider Shrub Hill development activity, supporting the City’s Open for Business priority to provide landmark investment and employment sites for new and developing businesses, and the Heritage City for the 21st Century priority that will see an important heritage site being brought back into use.”

The latest plan for the large Shrub Hill building, which is owned by Worcestershire County Council, is one of several long overdue regeneration projects in the area

Last month, councillors backed a £10 million business case which would see former ageing NHS offices Isaac Maddox House in Shrub Hill Road become a new business hub.

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The redevelopment plan for the neighbouring canal-side site also includes new housing and a walking and cycling route from Shrub Hill to St Martin’s Quarter.

Work was finally set to start in March on a huge £150 million transformation of the nearby Shrub Hill Industrial Estate after years of delays.

The major project includes hundreds of new apartments, a hotel, gym, multi-storey car park, food and drink outlets and a cinema.

The proposed £20 million bid by Worcester City Council also contains new and upgraded facilities at Nunnery Wood Sports Centre including a new sports hall and exercise studio, a bigger gym and a new resurfaced running track.

The council also plans to carry out work to create a bigger and improved Worcester Museum and Art Gallery in Foregate Street.